Incident Summary:

12/19/2004: Suspected Saddam loyalists detonated a car bomb near the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, claiming the lives of at least 62 people and injuring 130 others.

GTD ID:
200412190004

When:
2004-12-19

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Najaf

City:
Najaf

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Najaf
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity The Tomb of Ali
Specific Description The Tomb of Ali in Najaf, one of the Shi ite Islam's holiest shrines
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 62 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 62
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Sunny Religious Bodies Denounce 19 Dec Karbala, Al-Najaf Bombings,” Al-Jazirah, December 20, 2004.
“Al-Najaf Governor Says 52 Killed, 130 Wounded in 19 Dec Car Blast,” Al-Arabiyah Television, December 20, 2004.
"John Reed, "Car bombs kill 62 in attacks on Iraqi cities," Financial Times (London, England), December 20, 2004."